Airbnb blocks 2,600 young adults from renting ‘party’ homes in Denver – The Denver Post

Over the past year, Airbnb has actively blocked short-term rentals that could be used to host large parties, the kinds that annoy hosts, disrupt neighborhoods, and give the industry a bad name.

“If you’re under 25 and don’t have a history of positive reviews, we won’t allow you to reserve a full listing of homes near you,” said Ben Breit, communications manager. on trust and security at San Francisco-based Airbnb.

A year later, technology deployed by Airbnb blocked or redirected potentially risky booking attempts by more than 2,600 people in Denver, he said. By comparison, the company blocked 5,000 suspicious reservations in Phoenix; 4,500 each in Las Vegas and Seattle; 2,600 in Portland, Oregon; 1,800 in Salt Lake City and 1,500 in Albuquerque.

“The system is actually blocking this reservation. It doesn’t allow him to pass, ”said Breit.

The system won’t block a young adult trying to rent in a remote town or renting a smaller space locally, say a two-bedroom condo, which isn’t particularly conducive to having a rave anyway. . Breit said the rental block extends beyond the Denver city limits, but declined to say how far so as not to warn future hosts of the party.

Last summer, Airbnb banned all “disruptive” parties and events at its listed properties and then extended that ban until the end of this summer, when it will reassess. He also capped the number of guests to any rental at 16, although the house has the potential to accommodate more.

“The biggest problem and what matters most to us is trying to stop any kind of disruptive gathering. everyone who shows up, ”he said.

In January 2020, two Denver landlords surrendered their short-term rental licenses after guests they rented at organized parties resulted in reports of gunfire.

Denver received about half as many complaints about short-term rental properties this year through May than in the first five months of 2020 – 126 compared to 61, according to statistics provided by the Excise Department and city ​​licenses.

It is unclear to what extent this drop in complaints reflects Airbnb’s crackdown on holiday rentals, the overall decline in home rentals due to the pandemic, and the decline in active short-term rental licenses in Denver.

Since March 19, 2020, those licenses have fallen 22% in Denver, from 2,575 active licenses to 2,006 current licenses, said Eric Escudero, Denver’s communications director for excise and licensing.

Denver has some of the strictest rules in the country for short-term rentals, requiring hosts to live in a property they rent, not just own it.

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